Bulbophyllum thomsonii Hook. f. 1894 SECTION Hirtula Ridley 1908

Photo by Rogier Van Vugt and his P base Orchid Photo Website


Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

Plant and Flower

Flower Closeup

Photos by Bob Fallon Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

Full shadeWarm" TO ColdLATESpring TO EARLYSummer

Common Name Thompson's Bulbophyllum [English Orchid Collector in the Himalayas 1800's]

Flower Size .2 to .25" [5 to 8 mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam at elevations of 800 to 2200 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with 2" [5 cm] between each globose pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, linear leaf and blooms in the late spring and early summer on a 6" [15 cm] long, basal, racemose, many flowered inflorescence that holds the flowers above the leaves.

This species grows cool to hot and needs shade and high humidity.

CAUTION Said by Kew to be a synonym of B parviflorum but I have no other references to see why so I have left them separate for now.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Plantarum Vol 21 Hooker 1890 drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Bulbophyllums and Their Allies Seigerisat 2001; Gard. Bull. Singapore 54: 158 J J Verm. 2002 as Synonym of B parviflorum; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok;